Prostate Problems Are Common After Age 50
Prostate problems aren’t unusual, especially as you age. And most are highly treatable. Learn more.
What are Prostate Conditions?
The prostate gland surrounds the urethra as it exits the bladder. Prostate problems after age 50 are very common. Having prostate problems does not necessarily mean you have cancer. Many prostate problems such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or prostate enlargement) and prostate cancer have similar symptoms.
What are symptoms of Prostate Conditions?
You may experience symptoms such as:
- Weak or interrupted urine flow
- Trouble urinating
- Frequent urination (especially at night)
- Pain or burning during urination
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Pain in the back, hips or pelvis
- Painful ejaculation
How are Prostate Conditions diagnosed?
Testing may include a digital rectal exam (DRE), prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, urinalysis, urodynamic tests, cystoscopy, ultrasound and biopsy.
How are Prostate Conditions treated?
Treatment at MidLantic Urology in Philadelphia and surrounding counties depends on the prostate condition you are diagnosed with. The best course of treatment is a highly personalized decision that you should make with your doctor.
After thorough evaluation, therapy includes oral medications, minimally invasive surgical procedures to improve urinary flow.